LaQuita Staten

LaQuita Staten


[Development Associate]

LaQuita Marie Staten is the co-founder and artistic director of Atumpan Edutainment, Inc. Atumpan Edutainment (AE) is the Mid-Atlantic Region’s leading arts education ensemble using original theatrical productions, world music, folklore, and dance as vehicles for inclusion and social change. LaQuita Marie’s passion for changing the narrative of normal was born out of her dual experiences as a geriatric and a pediatric nurse for patients with life sustaining equipment for over 25 years.

Her passion for people with different abilities also stems from being the wife of Corey the Talented Blind Guy: AE’s co-founder, lead storyteller, playwright, actor, director, workshop facilitator, and percussionist. Since AE’s inception in 1998, LaQuita Marie has been commissioned to direct and choreograph over 15 theatrical productions for a variety of professional theater companies.

LaQuita Marie is also the creative genius and co-host of “Blind Guy, His Wife, Their Life Live,” a weekly broadcast she hosts with her husband on YouTube. LaQuita Marie has combined her experience in the medical field, her talent as a professional musician, and her creativity as a choreographer to position AE as a platform for changing the narrative of normal from disabled to that of differently abled.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.